To California We Go

Where have the last 6 months gone.  The last time I blinked our bees were going onto honey locations and summer berry pollination.

I looked out the window today, and if I’m not mistaken I saw a fair amount of snow.  In between those blinks, Tim and Jonah and assorted silly volunteers pulled very heavy honey supers from more than 1000 beehives.

Then the work really started for Tim.  In a very primitive extraction facility, that would be adequate for a beekeeper with a couple hundred hives, my machine of a husband extracted more than 45 drums of honey (55 gallons each).  It took about 60 hours per week, from mid September through the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.  Thanks to my parents incredible generosity (they gave us their garage for that time) we had a warm room, which made all of that extraction possible.

Boy were we thankful to see that job completed!!

So here we are in the middle of DECEMBER.  Our first semi-truck load of bees is now hanging out in central California.  We have a few more trips to make.  I’m sure that if our remaining bees knew that warmer weather was in their future, they would somehow figure out how to load themselves onto our truck.

Our bees are placed in almond orchards by Valentine’s Day, which to someone may seem a ways off, but I’m pretty sure it is only a couple of blinks away.

One more exciting bit of news for the Craic Honey Co. family is that our honey, that Tim worked so hard to extract, will now be on the shelves of all nine PCC stores in the Puget Sound region.  Our pint jars will be available in January 2013.

We are very excited to see what the coming year has in store for us!!

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